Polhawn Fort is just about as far east in the county as you can go and accidents on the A38 are never a good thing, especially when trying to get to new venue to shoot but that's how our day started, stuck in tail-backs for more time than I care to recall on the morning of a wedding. I hope it was nothing serious for those involved.... At this wedding I was asked if I would like to shoot alongside fellow (great) photographer, Donna Sharpe to cover the events of the day as they unfolded. Two photographers can offer several advantages, more angles can be covered, groom prep can also be covered, guests can be more easily organised (it was a showery day so speed helps in this scenario) and on a personal note, it's nice to have some company! You never stop learning as a photographer so this is one way to keep doing just that.
Donna and I travelled up together to find serious delays on the main road to this part of the county - Sat Nav - what a most excellent tool (ok not always) but on this occasion did help a lot. Arriving at the venue we had a quick scout around and met some of the family and friends and got to work on the location shots.
Donna and I split up to cover Lyndsey and Kester getting ready in the parts of the Fort they were staying in, the whole place is an amazing venue, with lawns overlooking the beach below, atmospheric gun rooms with vaulted ceilings, a terrace above, overlooking Whitsand Bay, it goes on...... I captured some shots of Kester with his groomsmen and father as they donned their suits.
The time came to leave to head off to the church at Rame, a challenging church to photograph in due to the low light levels but very special as a result as the natural light adds a certain something. One or two adjustments of the collar, some shots of the rings, Kester waiting for his bride and then Lyndsey arrived, looking stunning in her dress.
The couple had a wonderful ceremony, with a ladies choir joining in and readings which were very moving. Switching between lenses, I took a number of shots to add variety, and the light flooding in the stained glass was pretty special.
Following a very special ceremony in the church, everyone headed back to Polhawn Fort for the reception. Donna hitched a ride with the couple to shoot some couples shots on the cliffs on the way back. She did well to capture a few frames before the heavens opened.
We captured the events as they unfolded, with confetti, canapes and a trip to the beach below the Fort..... I concentrated on capturing the boys on the beach and Donna went with the girls.
After a lot of fun on the beach (thanks guys you were great), we headed back up the steps to shoot a few group shots, the speeches and the first dance.
There were so many lovely photos from the day and it is always hard to pick the ones for a blog post, but I hope this gives a little of the story of the day for Lyndsey and Kester. Many thanks too to Donna Sharpe for asking me shoot side saddle on this one - I had a great day, lots of laughs, great company and some interesting note swapping on shooting this venue!! Best wishes for the future guys!! xx